Executive Director, Sustainability and Energy Management

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California, United States
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
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Monday, 2 November 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University’s physical campus. LBRE plans, constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, as well as manages Stanford’s commercial lands.  Our work is founded upon the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university’s academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford’s 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as “Caretakers of a Legacy."

LBRE is seeking a full-time Executive Director, Sustainability and Energy Management to provide leadership for the operations and stewardship of energy production, water systems, utility distribution, and sustainability programs on the campus of Stanford University. This position will report to the Associate Vice President of Academic Projects and Operations, LBRE. The Executive Director will manage campus energy operations and business functions for electric power, renewable energy, thermal energy, domestic water, sewer, and storm water systems.  A key responsibility for the ED is to steward the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) project, which is a state-of-the art heat recovery district energy system, completed in 2015, that is powered by solar energy assets at two locations in the Central Valley. By 2021, Stanford will receive 100% of its power from these renewable sources and will have achieved an 80% carbon-free campus operation. The ED will help refine and implement an existing draft plan to achieve a 100% carbon-free campus for Scope 1 and 2 emissions through carbon fuel elimination, building system conversions, and expanded on-site solar installations.

In addition to energy and thermal systems, the ED will be responsible for Stanford’s domestic and lake (irrigation) water, sewer, and storm water management systems, including 3 dams that are located on Stanford lands. The ED will work with other LBRE and university groups to provide a long-term vision for the operation, maintenance, and capacity of these critical water assets.

The ED is responsible for managing the utilities in a way that supports and advances environmental sustainability, prioritizes employee safety and well-being, and ensures that quality service is provided to all customers.  They will bring visionary and critical thinking skills to help advance current initiatives for smart campus integration in university operations and maintenance. The ED will embrace the LBRE Core Values of Leadership, Exploration, Gratitude, Accountability, Community and You, in their management style and help to build an organization where these qualities serve as the foundation for successful and rewarding careers for all employees within the department.  The ED will lead, support, and maintain the current environment of exceptional customer service and constant improvement through customer and employee feedback, and provide regular reports on Key Performance Indicators to leadership. 

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead a staff of approximately 50 professionals, bargaining unit technicians, and contracted services employees.
  • Oversee an annual operating budget for energy & water of $105M ($83M energy + $23M water/civil) and power purchase agreements for 300,000kwhr/year with a peak demand of 46MW.
  • Oversee all aspects of utilities infrastructure, service, and stewardship for over 15 million gross square feet of academic, residential, and research space on 8,180 acres of land, including renewal, preventative maintenance, predictive maintenance, and contracted services.
  • Oversee thermal services from an OSHPD approved plant for Stanford Healthcare and School of Medicine facilities.
  • Develop and execute strategies to meet both the short- and long-term utility needs of the university.
  • Develop and maintain departmental business, budget, and financial management systems (not provided by other university departments) to support department operations.
  • Lead and participate in various committees with faculty and university constituents that focus on utilities and sustainability initiatives.
  • Collaborate with LBRE peers in Facilities Operations, Department of Project Management, Campus Planning and Design, Finance and Administration, and Resiliency and Response to achieve common objectives in utilities operations and maintenance.
  • Lead a team of experienced professionals and technicians to achieve results that meet annual targets and expectations.
  • Collaborate with other members of LBRE, other administrative staff, and on-campus academic departments.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree in engineering or other appropriate technical area, or an equivalent combination of technical education, training, and experience. Fifteen years of related, progressively responsible experience requiring extensive leadership and strategic expertise in facilities operations, maintenance, and planning, performing duties similar to those listed above.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of best practices in facilities management discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience managing large facility organizations, or experience in managing a large professional service organization.
  • Demonstrated experience as an executive level facilities manager with responsibility for developing and mentoring managers and senior professionals.
  • Advanced knowledge and application of relevant codes, regulations, and processes.
  • Ability to foster a safe and cooperative work environment. Management experience with a proven track record of safety excellence, solid judgment, decision making, budget management, and environmental stewardship is required.
  • Proven track record of leadership and creating an environment of employee involvement and continuous improvement is required. Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively motivate and influence others.


  • Requires 24-hour response availability seven days per week for emergency situations.
  • May be exposed to noise > 80dB TWA.
  • May working at heights 4 – 10 ft.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory for all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with any disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or another other characteristic protected by law. 

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4365
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: O
  • Requisition ID: 87087

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